Oral Conditions Caused by Stress*
Stress can affect your oral health in a number of ways.
- Jaw joint issues – disorder of the jaw joint or chewing muscles. Can cause pain around the ear or face.
- Bruxism – grinding of the teeth. Can occur during the day, especially when concentrating, or at night.
- Poor oral hygiene caused by a lack of good brushing and flossing. Can lead to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
- Cold sores – commonly triggered by dental treatment, stress and sunlight, and caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV-1.
- Stress-induced oral infections or sores – may show up as ulcers, white lines or white or red spots.
- Decreased immune response – can contribute to the development of periodontal (gum) disease.
Talk to Your Doctor
Make sure you talk with your dentist about any stress-related symptoms.
For more resources on managing stress and your dental health, please visit Cigna.com/dental-resources.